St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v Swansea

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 2 - 0 Swansea

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Police ponder Hazard action

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard could face a police investigation following his skirmish with a Swansea ball-boy.

Last Updated: 25/01/13 at 12:58 Post Comment

Eden Hazard: Is dismissed by referee Chris Foy at Swansea

Eden Hazard: Is dismissed by referee Chris Foy at Swansea

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The incident happened during the Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

Hazard was dismissed by referee Chris Foy after he appeared to kick ball-boy Charlie Morgan when the 17-year-old threw himself on to the match ball.

The South Wales police force revealed they received calls from "members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and West Wales" and were obliged to follow them up.

Hazard's Chelsea team-mate John Terry found himself involved in a similar situation when an off-duty policeman made a complaint after viewing a verbal spat between the defender and Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in October 2011.

Terry was acquitted when the matter eventually went to trial last summer.

Swansea will not face any action over Morgan's role in the incident, as any complaint of time-wasting is considered an issue to be handled by the officials during the game.

Swansea stated after the game they had not told their ball boys to delay giving the ball back to the players, although Morgan had used the words "needed for time-wasting" in a post on his Twitter account - which has rapidly acquired some 90,000 followers - a few hours before kick-off.

It is not the first time Hazard's frustrations have got the better of him - in 2011 he stormed out of the stadium after being substituted during a Euro 2012 qualifier for Belgium.

And Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB) said: "It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened.

"It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.

"They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.

"Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.

"Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him. All of us make mistakes in life."

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor does not believe Hazard should face an FA charge over the unsavoury episode.

He told Sky Sports News: "There is obviously a process which the FA have to go through and it is up to them what they decide.

"But I don't think the young lad involved would want to see Hazard punished further.

"The referee made the correct decision on the night and you do not want people to be hung, drawn and quartered for things that happen in the heat of the moment."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f Klopp is available and willing to go there, they have to sign him up. Far better manager than Rodgers. The reason Liverpool fail in so many big games is the inflexible nature of their manager and his inability to find strikers who fit into his inflexible style of play. A feature of nearly every game that the team comes up short is the way the opposition midfield appears to overpower them. It's too easy.

Gab1965
Make Way For A Proper Genius, Brendan

B

est player award should not go to a player who's second best at all the importent categories (i.e goals, assists etc) just because his team is at the top. If you are not first you are last; if you're second you are the first loser ( looking at you Hazard). David De Gea for POTY.

mrbigstuff
Chelsea Not Worthy? Oh Please Stop It...

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

Footer 365

Tom Cleverley credits Tim Sherwood for turning around Villa's fortunes

Tom Cleverley says Aston Villa have been transformed by Tim Sherwood's attacking mentality.

Tottenham move perfect for me, says Dele Alli

Dele Alli is looking forward to getting his Tottenham career started and feels it will be good for him to work under Mauricio Pochettino.

Robin van Persie plays first game in nine weeks for Man Utd

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie got an hour's play under his belt on Monday in his first game since February.

Mail Box

Klopp Over Rodgers? Not On Your Nelly

Liverpool fans have short memories and should give Rodgers more time, while Jose's tactics and claims are getting many more in a stew. It's the afternoon Mailbox...

Thank You And Goodbye, Mr Rodgers

The genius of Tactics Tim, time is up for Rodgers, the curious case of Eric Lamela, and the flaws of tactical voting - today's Mailbox is bursting at the seams...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company